Inexpensive Watch + Changing Nylon Straps

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  1. TACO_FLAVORED_KISSES

    TACO_FLAVORED_KISSES Senior member

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    Since I'm a broke college student, I'm looking for an inexpensive watch under 100 USD. I plan to buy ~5 nylon straps to compliment my given outfits. With said the watches that I'm looking at are: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0002LYEJK http://www.amazon.com/Seiko-SNK809-A.../dp/B002SSUQFG http://www.amazon.com/Mens-Seiko-Aut...pd_sbs_watch_3 http://www.amazon.com/Citizen-BM8180.../dp/B000EQS1JW http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html...EA&rh=&page=10 http://www.orvis.com/store/product.aspx?pf_id=1080 http://www.amazon.com/Timex-T2M453-P...pd_sbs_watch_1 http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/53786...tn&cat4=503543 Please keep in mind that I will be buying straps from (centralwatch.com), so removing them with ease is essential. With that said I'm open to all recomendations and suggestions are welcomed.
     
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    emptym Moderator Moderator

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    I'd get an old vintage watch on eBay. You can find a nice windup or automatic for $10-15. Just make sure it runs. Put in a couple bar pins and you can switch those nylon straps in a few seconds.
     
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    I'm a big fan of Seiko 5's, however none of those posted are that appealing to me. I got my 5 on Worldofwatches.com for $55 on a clearance sale.. Maybe keep your eyes posted for something like that. Not a fan of Timex, so out of your choices I like the Citizen.

    For the band... Jcrew, Jcrew, Jcrew. Have a couple colors and I love them
     
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    I have the Jcrew nylon band and its really easy to change if you have multiples. You dont have to remove the pins from the watch to do this. The band just goes into the space between the case and the first pin, then under the watch and up through the space between the case and the second pin.

    You can change straps in seconds. I got the strap for my old manual wind Omega but I dont like the way it looks so Im currently looking for a watch similar to the ones you posted. The Omega looks way better with a nice old brown leather strap.

    Ive been leaning towards the Timex Easy Reader. I love how simple it is, and it looks great with the nylon strap.
     
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    Where's a good place to buy some straps online?

    I have a Citizen Nighthawk and a Timex oversized camper watch and I'd like to get some different straps to use.
     
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    Where's a good place to buy some straps online?

    I have a Citizen Nighthawk and a Timex oversized camper watch and I'd like to get some different straps to use.


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    TACO_FLAVORED_KISSES Senior member

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    1) Does anyone know the quality of the watch straps sold at centralwatch.com? Are they as easy to put on the Jcrew ones?
     
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    TACO_FLAVORED_KISSES Senior member

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    Anyone?
     
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    I would avoid ordering from them. You can't even pick the buckle color you want.
    I also don't like their policy of picking a strap for you.
     
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    1) Does anyone know the quality of the watch straps sold at centralwatch.com? Are they as easy to put on the Jcrew ones?
    Great quality imo. The straps are just as good as ones at J Crew, J Press, etc. You don't get the extra NATO rings, but I wasn't after those.

    I've had a set for a few years and I love them. I'll probably buy more soon. I lost one and may get get some other colors. The ones I have still look great, even the couple I wear all the time.

    Takes a second or two to take off or put on.

    In terms of buckles, they sent me three silver and two gold. Perfect.
     
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    I would recommend looking for a vintage watch on ebay aswell - or maybe a homage of a high end watch you like the look of? There is also quite a few nato regimentals on ebay to be had for next to nothing.


    Here is a link to a swedish webstore with some pictures of different combinations.
    http://www.singularstraps.se/inspiration/
     
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    I have the LL Bean and picked up a half-dozen straps at J Crew, on sale right now (online only.) The straps are ~2mm too narrow for an exact fit but close enough for me. Make sure to check the strap width for the watch you select.

    Points in its favor would be Bean's customer service and no servicing except battery changes which can be done anywhere. Decent water-resistance with a screw-down crown. It's also Swiss-made if that means anything.
     
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    I wouldn't say the centralwatch straps are "great" quality. They're fine for the price. The striped ones seem to be more prone to fraying than the solid ones. I prefer the style over the nato strap and they are incredibly easy to change out.
     

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